SK2212, The Quality of Government in a Comparative Perspective
This course takes on the “darker side” of society by exploring problems of the quality of governance and corruption in a global comparative perspective. Trustworthy, reliable, impartial, uncorrupted and (reasonably) competent government institutions seem the most important asset for countries, regions and local governments. Corruption and its related problems are now seen as having devastating effects not only on economic growth, but also on the viability of democratic processes, the legitimacy of public policies in areas such as social insurance, employment and education and, not least, the overall social fabric of society. Quality of government problems are not only related to developing countries but exist also in the advanced industrialized welfare states, such as many members of the EU.
At the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:
• compare and critically assess advanced theoretical and empirical frameworks, as well as their methodological implications, of the impact of government institutions on economic and social development in different types of countries
• explain the advantage of different approaches to how economic policies are formulated in the political process and their impact on development
• show in-depth knowledge about and categorize the differences in quality of government problems in developed, transition and developing countries
• understand and be able to critically evaluate the outcomes of institutional reforms, especially foreign-aid supported reforms of domestic institutions in developing countries
• systematize and integrate different theories about social capital, democracy and quality of government and their impact on the complex of problems related to QoG such as social conflicts, corruption and rent-seeking
• independently plan an original minor research project about some central aspects of QoG problem and effectively communicate this plan to different groups
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Students who are registered on the course can find detailed information including a schedule and a complete reading list by logging on to the University of Gothenburg's LMS (Learning Management System) - GUL.